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Lagos to Take Centre Stage at Toronto International Film Festival

The Lagos State Government has said that the state’s tourism and entertainment potential would be showcased at the 2016 Edition of Toronto International Film Festival.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde said this at a news conference in Ikeja.

He addressed newsmen alongside his counterpart in Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr Folorunsho Folarin-Coker, and the Artistic Director, Toronto Film Festival, Mr Cameron Bailey.

Ayorinde said that eight films produced in the state would be selected to feature at the festival.

Association to Organise Trainings for Comedians on Best Practices

Abuja Body of Comedians (ABC) said that it would organise training for stand-up comedians in the FCT to ensure proficiency and best practices as professional entertainers.

ABC’s President, Mr Sosthenes Ayuba, said, ``Training is very important in any profession, and this is what we are set to do for comedians in Abuja to make them more competent as professionals.”

``Besides being a talent, there is the need for periodic self-development to ensure one does well wherever he or she goes.

Angelina Jolie to Teach at London School of Economics

Hollywood actress, Angelina Jolie is to join the London School of Economics (LSE) as a visiting professor on a new masters course on women, peace and security, the school announced on Monday, according to Reuters.

The LSE said the course which begins in 2017, is the first of its kind globally and will be run by the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

The body was inaugurated last year by Jolie and Britain's former foreign Secretary, William Hague.

Artiste Commends Producers who Release Films on Celluloid

A multiple award-winning Nigerian artiste, Susan Peters, on Thursday commended producers who released their films on celluloid.

Peters told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the effort was a good way to check piracy.

She said films first go online after being on cinemas, before such films were relayed on DVD and VCD.

``In the process, the producer must have recouped his money.

``I hope as time goes on, there should be a way to curb piracy, because it is stealing,’’ she said.

Nollywood Filmmakers Urged to Embrace Modern Technology

Nollywood filmmakers have been advised to proactively employ alternative film-making formats, to satisfy viewers in the fast developing digital society.

Ezeroum Ugwu, a movie producer gave the advice in an interview in Lagos.

He stressed that filmmakers would be more relevant if they imbibed ``technical savvy initiatives’’ that could entice viewers to purchase movies.

According to him, the film-making business had been highly influenced by technology and practitioners must take advantage of it to improve the standard of movie production.

Global Happiness Ranking: Nigeria Drops to 103 in World, 6th in Africa

Nigeria has been ranked the 103 happiest nation of the world, and 6th in Africa in the World Happiness Report.

The World Happiness Report 2016 update, which ranks 157 countries by their happiness levels, was released in Rome on Wednesday, in advance of UN World Happiness Day, March 20th.

As indicated by the report, Nigeria dropped from its 78th position in the World and 2nd in Africa in the 2015 happiness ranking.

Nigerians' Movie Scripts Improving, Says Producer

Nollywood producer, Mr Adonijah Owiriwa, on Monday said that Nigerians' movie scripts would continue to improve as the industry progresses.

Owiriwa, who recently produced a movie titled, `76,’’ told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that better storyline would come with time.

He said that for instance, the theme of rituals featured in most Nigerian movies originated from the experiences of the filmmakers.

``The storyline will gradually change to other aspects of human activities as the industry progresses.

Stakeholders in Nollywood Working to Improve on Technical Quality –Zack Orji

Veteran Nollywood actor Zack Orji says stakeholders in the Nigerian movie industry are working towards improving the technical quality of Nollywood products.

Orji told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Tuesday that the stakeholders in the industry were constantly looking to improve the quality of performance art, including music and motion picture.

``We are already paying more attention but these things take some time.

AY Identifies Factors Responsible for Low Quality Movie Production in Nigeria

A comedian and actor, Ayo Makun, also known as AY, has attributed the production of low quality movies in the country to lack of financial support from the private sector.

AY made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Wednesday.

``We need investors, we need people who believe in your project, believe in what you want to do and come out to support.

``But it’s just that we are in a country where it’s a question of who knows man not the product, not the content.

Nigerian Fashion Designers Set Ibadan Agog

No fewer than eight Nigerian fashion designers put on show designs and the best of African fashion for kids and teenagers at the 2015 African Kids and Teens Fashion Week in Ibadan.

The event, held on Dec. 27 at Mauve 21 Event Centre, Ibadan, featured various innovations and designs from Nigerians.

Among the designers at the event were Arambe, Dware outfit, Owambe, Datina Clothings, TJ Clothings, Zuchini, 509 Clothings and Bridal Showers.